How many years have you been in tech?
What is your current role?
Ruby on Rails Developer
Tell me about your background. What were your early years like?
I wanted to become a school nurse. By the time I went off to college, I thought I was heading into either a math or health related field.
Who inspires you?
My best friend, Kimberly Lin.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a programmer.
When I first started doing online tutorials my best friend recommended, I got really into them and would love to do them after work. When my family knew about my online programming, they didn’t really take it too seriously since I tend to flip flop between different activities before getting bored and moving on. But this was different and a few months became a year and I was still in love with learning programming and tech in general. I was (and still feel like I am) a complete n00b and I didn’t really have that person who was good with tech I could go to. I attended Launch CoderGirls for a bit and seeing so many women trying to make it in tech inspired me. It was hard but I am so grateful that I had an amazing best friend who encouraged me to keep going. When I realized just how much more I had to learn before becoming a programmer and worried about not knowing what I did need to learn, my friend suggested I try a programming bootcamp. I was terrified to quit my job and move to complete a program that didn’t guarantee a job or even make sure I moved in the right direction towards my goal of becoming a solid programmer.
I sat on the idea for months, scared of what I would be risking. Knowing that if I chose not to take the risk, I would always wonder ‘what if’ and regret what I did not do. I didn’t want fear to take over. This gave me the courage to apply and when offered a place in New York City’s Dev Bootcamp, I took it. I wish I could say my family was thrilled and encouraging but… they were not.
But as the weeks went on and I completed the off site portion of my program, spending any time I had besides outside my job to work on programming and learning, my family saw the passion and dedication I had towards my goal. They had perhaps never seen me so fired up about what had been just a “hobby” at first.
Thanks to my friend’s encouragement, I also had to fight for American Sign Language Interpreters for the on site portion in New York. Instead of being worried about hearing everything, I was able to just focus on learning the enormous amount of content they taught. Three months later and I had completed the program. With my mom’s advice, I ended up applying for job in St. Louis. I was thrilled to be hired by this amazing company in my hometown, the place I grew up and where my family is. My family is incredibly proud of me now. Although I know I still have so much to learn, as of this moment I am happy to be home and working as a programmer.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Completing Dev Bootcamp which is an intensive 3 month long programming bootcamp
What do you like about St. Louis? The midwest? Why do you live here?
I’m originally from St. Louis and this is my home!